Tell Mardikh is the Arabic name for the ancient Bronze Age city of Ebla. Professor Paulo Matthiae directs the Italian archaeological mission working at the site with the permission and support of the Syrian Department of Antiquities.


Contour map of the city.

Benchmark on summit of the acropolis.


Restored area of the tablets.


Palaces were complex at Ebla.


Damascus Gate viewed from palace.


Aleppo Gate viewed from palace.


Ishtar Temple from distance


Plan of Ishtar temple.


Groundview of Ishtar temple foundations.


Stone-for-stone plan of Ishtar temple foundations.


Basalt statue from Ishtar temple.


Ivory inlay from Ebla.


Professor Michael Fuller during my first visit to Ebla in 1986!


Professor Michael Fuller at Ebla, 2004. Ishtar temple is background.


Reshap Temple Sign.


Reshap Temple at Ebla.


Carved object from Reshap temple.


In situ photograph taken in 1989 of damaged seated statue (divine king?) from the Late Bronze Age.


In situ photograph of damaged lion orthostat taken in 1989.


Participants in the Idlib Conference examining the ruins of a Late Bronze Age building with statue fragments during 1989.


Prof. Paolo Matthiae (center), director of the Ebla excavation, describes results of the 1989 excavation season to members of the Idlib Conference. Kasem Touer (right of center), from the Damascus Museum, provides Arabic and English translations of Prof. Matthiae's lecture.


Stone altar with blood trough and depressions, photographed in 1986.


Entrance to the royal tombs underneath the palace.


Flash photograph inside on of the tomb passageways.


Flash photograph in one of the tomb passageways.


View of the palace acropolis during 1986.


View of the royal staircase in the Administrative Palace G (Michael Fuller and guard descending) taken in 1986.


Stones defining one of the city gates in the encircling wall.


Arabic inscription in Kufic script dating to the Ayyubid Period on one of the stones eroding from a gate in the Ebla city wall.


Architectural reconstruction in the Idlib Museum of the shelving system in the Tablet Room in the palace of Ebla.
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Updated on 19 August 2008 by Professor Michael Fuller, St. Louis Community College